B.C. to require people returning to Canada to have self-isolation plan

The B.C. government now legally requires all travellers entering B.C. from outside Canada to submit a 14-day self-isolation plan, as part of federal laws to slow the spread of COVID-19. “As we welcome British Columbians back home, we must stay vigilant and do everything we can,” Premier John Horgan told a news conference on Wednesday. “As we follow the advice […]

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Pelosi: more small business spending alone would not pass U.S. House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday that $250 billion in coronavirus relief for small businesses desired by Republicans could not pass the House of Representatives on its own under current procedures, which require a unanimous vote of those present while most of Congress is out of town. Pelosi, a Democrat, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck […]

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U.S. Democrats push wider emergency coronavirus funds than Trump seeks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. Democrats in Congress on Wednesday said they would back President Donald Trump administration’s request for $250 billion more in aid for small businesses in the coronavirus pandemic if it includes additional money for hospitals, local governments and food assistance. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, in a statement, said […]

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More high-profile lawmakers line up behind Biden's campaign

(Reuters) – Joe Biden’s presidential bid won endorsements from two prominent members of Congress on Tuesday, support that could help the Democrat in his campaign for the party’s nomination. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who once weighed his own presidential run, and U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia, a prominent black civil rights activist, announced their support for the […]

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Long lines and drive-through voting as Wisconsinites brave polls amid coronavirus

BELOIT, Wis./SOMERSET, Wis. (Reuters) – Wisconsin voters faced long lines at limited polling locations on Tuesday, as the Midwestern state’s presidential primary and local elections moved ahead despite mounting fears about the coronavirus outbreak. Outside Riverside High School in Milwaukee – where officials were forced to close 175 of 180 normal voting sites due to a lack of poll workers […]

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Additional $5.1b of support to help firms, workers and households cope amid stricter Covid-19 measures

SINGAPORE – An additional $5.1 billion will be set aside to save jobs and support businesses and families as Singapore implements heightened safe-distancing measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced an unprecedented third round of support measures in Parliament on Monday (April 6) as the Covid-19 pandemic prompted the […]

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